We don't see the sun much here in Seatown but when we do we gravitate toward restaurants with outdoor seating, parks with take away nearby and farmers markets with ready to eat vittles like bees to honey.
Come for the progressive oyster happy hour when you can score a bivalve starting at 3 p.m. for as little as 75 cents. Stay for their coconut prawns and fresh from the sea fare.
Outdoor seating is a plus.
Visit this Post Alley classic anytime but especially in the heart of winter for a jolt of Jacquelina’s x-rated Callebaut hot cocoa laced with peppermint schnapps & marshmallows or on a summer day for a refreshing cocktail on the deck. Live entertainment in the lounge is a plus.
Oder the mussels and a bottle of wine and soak in the lovely Elliot Bay views at this market classic. Outdoor seating on a patio with a view is a plus!
Happy hour is a delight in this festive room. Even better is a margarita and the plantain chips with guacamole on the patio.
Although I question the sanity of ever ordering the burrito as big as a baby, I've never had a bad burrito here. Outdoor seating is a plus.
Situated across the street from the swanky Rainier Club a meal during happy hour here will set you back less than the tip for the valet across the street. Order the burger and fries and know you've made a wise choice on how to spend your pennies.
This classic Seattle room is splendid but why eat in when they have a takeaway counter and a deck where you can watch tourists and locals feed fries to the seagulls of Lake Union.
Enjoy brunch and a cocktail or two with a stunning waterfront view at this Seattle seafood institution. The twice daily happy hour (4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m and 9:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.) is a great value as brews and full meal deal plates ring up at just $4 - $9.
If beautiful broasted chicken (with a side of fries) or burgers are your thing then this old school bar will be sure to satisfy. Don't miss the generous daily happy hour 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. with bevs & bites for $2 - $4 or visit on Mannys Mondays for $3 pints and 50 cent wings.
Pool, pinball and karaoke (Fri-Sat) seal the deal.
Chicken tacos and steak fajitas are my go to at this QA hole in the wall. Complimentary chips & salsa and a few outdoor seats are a bonus.
Big, bright, lively and comfortable room great for a quick drink, a long work session or an evening out with friends. The menu has something for everyone and the tiny outdoor courtyard is lovely.
A small wetlands area, a roomy beach, a picnic & grilling area, a small snack bar, indoor restrooms as well as tremendous views means this beach is generally packed any time of day. This is also an excellent beach to visit for low tides talks with environmentalists.
Note: As an extra bonus when tides are at their lowest it is possible to walk from Golden Gardens to Carkeek Park Beach and back again.
A great room, solid food and a wonderful atrium and deck make this Cap Hill room buzz.
The big sister of Cafe Presse, this lively room serves up first-rate french fare including a roast chicken which is well worth the hour wait.
Get to Chris Keff's seafood institution between 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. daily and you'll be rewarded with 50 cent oysters and $5 snacks like fish tacos and caesar salad.
Great outdoor dining option.
Tacos (cod, catfish and yam) are the tip of the iceberg at the casual Mexican bungalow. Just right posole, chicken mole, orange & almond salad, house made sangria and more attract throngs of fans to this waterfront joint. Perfect spot to satiate your hunger after a row or sail on one of the water toys they rent just below the dining room. Outdoor seating and a Monday - Thursday happy hour 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. seal the deal.
Fancy pants sports bar with more flat screens than you bother to count. A full bar and a diverse menu means there is something for everyone. They even have outdoor tvs in case you need to get a breath of fresh air on the large & comfortable outdoor patio that overlooks the Space Needle.
The happy hour is generous running 3:30 - 6:30 daily with bites and beers starting at just $2.75.
A wide variety of small plates, beer, wine & specialty cocktails ring in at just $4 - $9 daily 2:30 - 6:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. - close. Weekends bring $5 Blood Mary's.
They also offer special dinners and classes.
The works of Calder, Serra, Oldenberg and more call this multi-acre park home. Great outdoor seating whether you prefer tables & chairs or the grass between your toes. Stunning water views, a cafe and beautiful dogs parading by are a plus.
$4 lite bites and brews make visiting before 6:30 p.m. a wise choice. Great outdoor seating is available for dinner.
This lively room feels like a little slice of France. Think chocolaut chaud, salad verte, croque madame, ling cod and steak frites.
I loved the first Joule and I love this sleek new Tiffany blue & navy room even more. Outstanding food & cocktails, attentive service, lots of seating options including a communal table and an outdoor fire pit paired with the warm hospitality of chef/owners Seif and Rachel will keep you coming back for more.
Chicken & Waffles and whiskey (and oddly salads) keep me coming back to this cozy joint. Friendly barkeeps and a large deck make it a perfect stop during the twice daily happy hour 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. - midnight.
A stellar take away counter, a fine eat in space and even better outdoor dining that has views of Pike Place Market and the Puget Sound Ferry boats. Go!
While primarily a takeaway joint for Thai street food (the first dine in area was quite literally a whole in the wall) recently added sidewalk seating makes this charmer even more attractive. Keep an eye out for the special of the day and the whole roasted fish.
Always wanted to get a peek at Dale Chihuly's often spoken of collections? This is your chance as the cafe is loaded with pieces from collections previously displayed in his famed boat house.
Roz and Kamala's beautiful bites now have a view to match at their latest outpost in West Seattle. Outdoor dining, shaved iced, cocktails and arrival by water taxi make this the jewel in their crown.
Great falafel, croque monsieur and cocktails plus their '20 buck schuck' means you can get 12 bivalves Sun - Thu for yep, $20. The large bar and outdoor patio are perfect places to meet friends for happy hour or dinner.
Tucked into the heart of the Central District 'the pit' is crowd pleasing enough that they often run out of slabs before official closing time, so arrive early if you have your heart set on ribs. The soul soundtrack, vintage posters, pulled pork, sauteed greens, sweet potato pie and grape shasta also make a visit well worth the trip. Outdoor seating is a bonus!
Whole trout, pork cheeks, octopus crudo and deviled eggs are just a few of my favorite things to enjoy in this lovely Madison Park Room.
Killer happy hour with a view 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Tue - Sat.
Jason (chef/proprietor) and I first bonded over performance art and Grace Jones but the relationship has sustained because he and his team offer up first rate food and cocktails in a comfy and arty environment that feeds the soul. Don't miss the signature Artusi cocktail which looks as good as it tastes.
Earth to plate dishes served in a lively room and even better on a roof top deck. A generous bar area is a plus since you may have a wait for a table.
Renee Erickson has done it again. Simple but beautiful food served up thoughtfully in a room to match. Don't miss the bone marrow, trout or sardines on toast. The daily happy hour 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. is a great value with bites just $3 - $7.
Grab some fish and chips (hush puppies too) and stroll along Elliott Bay.
Founded by a group of QA neighbours this independently ran market has a solid selection of farm products and a fair amount of prepared food including ice cream, arepas, tacos and other bites coming off some of the best food trucks in the area.
The oldest contiuously running open-air farmer's market in Seattle is arguably the best.They do advocacy work on behalf of local famers and offer up everything from fish to foraged goods and even free chef demos.
This long stretch of beach also has a narrow path for a stroll or bike. There are plenty of restaurants nearby, a bathhouse with restrooms, a statue of liberty and sweeping views of Puget Sound, the downtown skyline and the working port.